3 Summer Drinks for Bikini Bodies (Guest Post)

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It’s getting warmer, and the temptation to lounge poolside with a nice cold cocktail is growing ever stronger.  Many ladies think, “If it has fruit in it, it must be better for me than the other drinks out there!  This is a dangerous train of thought.

You need to watch your liquor levels – each shot has about 100 calories!  Substituting a “Skinny” liquor saves you 70 calories per shot compared to common brands, if you are anything like me and like to enjoy a good buzz without the guilt.

I’ve picked out three top summer cocktails from www.Health.com, and modified them so you won’t hurt your bikini-wearing goals while enjoying them:


1) Sangria (Approx. Calories per Serving: 123)

Red wine contains antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease.  Don’t forget to eat the fruit garnish for an extra dose of vitamin C!

Ingredients: Makes 1 pitcher (20 drinks)

    • 1 (1.5-liter) bottle red wine
    • 1 cup rum
    • Lime Mix (1 cup fresh, strained lime juice + 1-1/2 cups Splenda + 1-1/2 cups water)
    • 1½ cups orange juice
    • 1 cup lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite) or Collins mixer lemon-lime seltzer
    • 3 oranges & 5 limes, sliced into wedges for garnish

Directions: Combine first 4 ingredients and refrigerate overnight.  Add lemon-lime seltzer no more than an hour before serving.  To serve, pour sangria into ice-filled glasses, and garnish each with orange and lime slices.


2) Grapefruit Mocktail, By Bridget Rush, Rockaway, N.Y.  (Approx. Calories per Serving: 86)

This light and refreshing drink is alcohol-free, but it could easily be a mixer for vodka or rum.


    • 3 oz. red grapefruit juice
    • 3 oz. cranberry juice
    • 2 oz. seltzer
    • Wedge of lime
    • Sprig of mint

Directions: Mix grapefruit, cranberry juices in a shaker with ice.  Pour into tall glass, add 2 oz. seltzer.  Finish off with wedge of lime.  You can add a sprig of mint too.


3) Slim Screwdriver, By Elizabeth Sprague, Altamont, N.Y.  (Approx. Calories per Serving: 80)

Diluting the orange juice with diet 7-Up cuts calories and adds a nice fizz.  This drink is ideal in warm weather.


    • Orange-flavored Vodka
    • Orange juice
    • Diet 7-Up or Lemon-Lime Seltzer
    • Oranges, sliced for garnish

Directions: Fill a glass with ice, add a shot of vodka and a splash of orange juice.  Fill the rest with diet 7-Up/seltzer.  Mix.  Garnish with a slice of orange.


Do you know of any other tasty low-cal cocktail options?  Please share them here; we’d love to see what you are drinking!  Cheers!

Contributing Writer, HoneyCrunched Kate Milde


One thought on “3 Summer Drinks for Bikini Bodies (Guest Post)

  1. Rose Sangria

    1 Large orange, halved and sliced
    8 oz Raspberries
    8 oz Strawberries, quartered
    1 cup OJ
    1 cup Cointreau/Triple Sec

    1 bottle Rose (Pink bubbly wine)

    Combine first 5 ingredients and let sit in the fridge overnight.
    Mix in a pitcher with the Rose and ice. Serve.

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